It’s a long story (aren’t they all?) but I’ve been talking about the brown bread I’m trying to make and Marcia Hohn, who I’m sure all quilters know, yesterday told me about the Boston Brown Bread she makes and then she was nice enough to share her mom’s recipe on my Facebook post. I had to make it . . right then!
There were a few problems.
No Coffee Can:
The recipe calls for it to be made in coffee cans. I have no coffee cans. I did find this can that held tea.
Vince wasn’t sure what kind of material is on the inside so he didn’t want to use it for baking. Hmmm . . what’s a girl to do?
I decided to use 1-1/2 pint jars since their sides are completely straight.
I knew I was putting just a bit too much in the jars but there wasn’t enough “dough” to add a third jar.
No Wax Paper:
Marcia’s recipe called for putting wax paper over the top of the jars. I have no wax paper. I’ve accused Vince of losing my wax paper because when he’s gluing something, he puts wax paper down to protect the surface. Just when I was typing that to Marcia . . the bells in my head dinged. My wax paper is in Missouri with the supplies Addie and I use for making hair bows. When I left there on January 5, who would have thought (1) we’d be stuck at home for weeks and (2) wax paper would be hard to find online? Well . . wax paper at Amazon is about $14 for one small roll, Walmart.com has none so I have no wax paper here.
I googles Boston Brown Bread recipes and found some that said cover the containers with foil so that worked.
The jars worked fine but I found something called a “bain marie” which is meant for this type cooking so I ordered two of those.
We both absolutely loved this recipe! Vince said “This is one of the best things you ever made.” This recipe has ended my search for the perfect brown bread. I am so happy.
Plus . . it uses no yeast! Some day someone is going to be looking back at old blog posts (probably me) and wondering what I have against yeast so, for the sake of history, yeast is almost impossible to find in April, 2020 due to the pandemic and everyone being home apparently baking bread!